The Shrink Next Door — Episode 8, The Verdict Review
We’re Out Of Time
It’s 1982 and we see Phyllis Shapiro, Kathryn Hahn (“WandaVision (TV)”, “Transparent (TV)”), leaving her husband and Martin ‘Marty’ Markowitz, Will Ferrell (“Between Two Ferns: The Movie”, “ The LEGO Movie 2 “), helping her and the kids.
Back in 2010 and Marty takes Bruce, Cornell Womack (“Better Call Saul (TV)”, “Criminal Minds (TV)”), to lunch. He tries some of Ike’s methods on him and they backfire.
Marty reveals it’s been 27 years since he last spoke to Phyllis. Marty is lonely, trying to engage with anyone, someone. He tries to call her but can’t bring himself to speak when she answers the phone.
Unbelievably, Marty goes back to see Dr. Isaac ‘Ike’ Herschkopf, Paul Rudd (“Between Two Ferns: The Movie”, “ Avengers: Endgame “), at his office. Ike says he’s changed, he just wants the doctor/patient thing.
Ike asks him to be his best man as he and Bonnie renew their vows. Marty isn’t sure but Ike, as usual, talks him round.
Marty tracks down his Phyllis’ children and arranges to meet. She’s a lawyer now, and she isn’t thrilled to see him. He doesn’t apologise and she storms out saying she doesn’t want to see him and neither does her mom.
Ike chats with his wife Bonnie, Casey Wilson (“Black Monday (TV)”, “American Dad! (TV)”), and asks that they renew their vows. She is surprised as, recently, she hasn’t seen him, they don’t even sleep in the same bed anymore, not even the same room.
Marty is retracing steps and heads back to the frame store and finds out what Ike did. Marty calls Ike to tell him he can’t be his best man, he heads to the Hamptons and changes the lock and his sister turns up.
She tells him that she doesn’t want to see him again. But then begins walking around the house and learning what’s been happening. She’s outraged.
They begin burning some of the stuff of Ike’s in the house. Phyllis can’t forgive Marty, he’s missed a lot. And then Ike turns up. He still tries to say that Phyllis is bad and Marty is having a relapse.
Marty isn’t going for it, they argue, even fight, and Marty sends Ike on his way, after 27 years! Phyllis smashes the windows of a car, but it isn’t Ike’s.
One year later, Marty has chickens and bees and a family dinner with his sister and her extended family, but Marty is still a little shaky.
Fast forward to 2021 and Ike is protesting his innocence in front of lawyers as Marty complained about him and asked for his licence to be revoked. Amazingly, it took ten years for this to happen, despite Marty, and others, giving Ike millions of dollars.
The Shrink Next Door is a good series, it has some great moments, though does dip a little at times. It is, however, an unbelievable story, but an unbelievable true story, of a man who had 27 years of his life taken away by his therapist, a man who was supposed to help him.
Rudd is fantastic as Ike, you really come to loath him as the series progresses but also wonder just how anyone can be so deluded. Ferrell meanwhile plays Marty with aplomb. It would have been easy to play him as some schmuck who didn’t know what he was doing, but Ferrell’s performance is more subtle and you are able to see how, particularly at the start, someone could have taken advantage of him, though that does wane towards the end.
Over the course of their 27 year, whatever you want to call it, Marty paid Ike 2.7 million dollars and I suspect that doesn’t include expenses, any money involved in Ike staying in Marty’s home, decorating and who knows what else.
Marty was not alone either, there have been a number of patients of Dr Ike who have also come forward, many saying he told them to sever ties with their family. One leaving him $20 million in their will, luckily that was stopped.
Creator of the series Georgia Pritchett (“Succession (TV)”, “Avenue 5 (TV)”) writes the final episode of the season with Jesse Peretz behind the camera.
Originally published at https://www.ocmoviereviews.com.